Measuring taxonomic diversity with parametric information functions

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This paper discusses the measurement of taxonomic diversity of a given community or set of species. First, given D, the matrix of pairwise distances between species, I propose to summarize taxonomic diversity through Rényi’s information-theoretical parametric formalism on D. In this way, a family of taxonomic diversity indices is obtained which shows different sensitivity to the presence of species with different levels of taxonomic distinctness. The adequacy of information-theoretical indices for quantifying taxonomic diversity is discussed.

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Ricotta, C. Measuring taxonomic diversity with parametric information functions. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY 3, 95–99 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1556/ComEc.3.2002.1.11

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Keywords

  • Diversity profiles
  • Information theory
  • Rényi’s generalized information
  • Schur-concavity
  • Set monotonicity